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Hi! I'm a brand new member here, but I've lurked for a while. My name is Kai and I'm 24. I've got older sketches on my tumblr, but to start off I figured I'd post the stuff I did this last week.
Try to forget the lines that contain the people (contour) and instead look for the big shapes (chest/hips/midsection/etc)... and try and wrap your brain around the masses. Contours will come later. Your drawings will look more solid, be easier for you to do, and the lines will just be how you dress up everything.
Thanks, p sage!
I tried to focus on that with these gestures, but I guess while I cognitively understand the idea of doing shapes instead of lines, I'm having trouble with it. I had even more trouble with trying it with longer studies, so I tried to work out my issues with it with 30-second gestures and in truth it just seemed like they ended up no different than what I was doing before. I just got a lot more hand-cramps from trying to focus really hard on them and threw away half of them because they ended up a mass of unconnected squiggles.
Any suggestions on how to transition to working more with the general shapes would be appreciated. I mostly build things from my head up with shapes, and when I do longer studies I try to draw interconnecting guidelines on them to indicate the shapes and larger masses, but I feel like when I try to consciously focus on that I just make a mess everywhere and the only real change is that things end up stiffer. So I'm sure I'm not doing it right, but I can't figure out what doing it right should feel like.
Tried to slow down and managed to make less of a mess on these first two, though I still can't seem to figure it out.
A bunch of unimaginative doodles, and the last one is some scribbles from Game of Thrones screencaps.
Last edited by vilify; September 25th, 2011 at 03:37 AM.
Your 3D shape work is working OK... it just takes practice. You almost have to feel the mass of the object in your mind... and your pencil/pen has to stay connected to it at all times. It's sort of difficult to explain, but practice and try to get there. You will.
Thanks, P Sage. I guess I get impatient too quickly and forget learning is a process that happens over time. I spent so long trying to learn stuff from "easy" books and tutorials that try to sell the idea that you can just memorize a few tricks to art and be on your way. I think I need to confront that mindset a little more, because it's been as bad for me as my laziness.
Some practice, some scribbles from imagination, and the final draft of a commission that took way too long. I stopped taking them when I realized they weren't really helping me figure out how to draw, but it squeaked in before I closed them for real and I was afraid I might need the money at the time. It's a weight off my shoulder that it's done; I hate doing them because no matter how much time and work I put in I feel like I'm stealing people's money by giving them such a flawed product.
ooo nice studies
keep going at it!
Visit my sketchbook gogogogogogo!
Good luck with your sketchbook! I'm sure you'll get to where you wanna be eventually. Just keep practicing!
(this is Sy from IRC)
Lovely studies, I really enjoyed looking through your sketchbook and figure drawings. The Leyendecker copies are great, I hope you keep posting